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Marist Knocks Off Women’s Lacrosse 12-7
Freshmen Arthur and DeNapoli lead Bearcats (6-4) with a pair of goals each
March 26, 2014Tweet
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Binghamton women’s lacrosse team fell to host Marist 12-7, in a non-conference matchup Wednesday evening at Tenney Stadium. The Bearcats (6-4) were limited to single-digit goals for just the fourth time this season, going 1-3 in those contests. The defeat completes Binghamton’s four-game stretch against MAAC opponents, finishing 2-2.
Binghamton was led by freshmen Bri Arthur and Valerie DeNapoli as each netted a pair of goals for the Bearcats. Arthur now has a team-best 30 goals on the season, tying a Binghamton freshman single-season record for goals scored established by Becky Green in 2004. DeNapoli recorded her second multi-goal game of the season while Callon Williams, Renee Kiviat and Angela Vespa all added goals for BU.
After Binghamton spotted Marist a 2-0 lead, Arthur netted a free position goal at the 24:34 mark to cut the lead in half. Marist continued to pressure the Binghamton defense going on a 3-0 run to extend its lead and force a Binghamton timeout. Following the timeout, head coach Stephanie Allen made a switch in net taking out starter Kara Pafumi and substituting sophomore Erin McNulty.
However, after the goalie change, Marist continued its run pushing out to a 6-1 advantage with just over 20 minutes left in the half. DeNapoli halted the run by splitting the Marist defense and darting inside the fan for her eighth goal of the season. The Red Foxes added one more goal to take a 7-2 lead before Williams netted a free position shot cutting the deficit to four heading into the break.
Marist burst out of the gates in the second half scoring a pair of goals in the opening two minutes to extend its lead to the largest of the game, 9-3. The Bearcats did not back down however, going on a 3-0 run and holding their host scoreless over the next 18 minutes of play.
Vespa began the spurt with her 15th goal of the year which was followed by Arthur’s second back-netter of the day. Kiviat capped the run as sophomore attack Sophia Racciatti found the midfielder cutting across the eight-meter to pull the Bearcats within three, 9-6, at the 10:13 mark.
Marist quickly silenced Binghamton’s momentum with a pair of goals over the next two minutes of play. The Bearcats offense struggled to penetrate the Marist defense over the final 10 minutes as the Red Foxes held BU scoreless until the final minute.
Pafumi allowed five goals in nine short minutes of work. McNulty made 10 saves and allowed seven goals (one on an open net) after facing 24 shots.
Binghamton was just 3-of-11 on its free position attempts as Marist’s freshman goalie Abigail Witczak made 12 saves on 24 shots. The Red Foxes doubled Binghamton up in the draw circle winning 14 of the 21 draws. The Bearcats won the ground ball battle, 23-19, but coughed up the ball 15 times.
Arthur is just 11 goals away from tying the program’s single-season mark for goals scored. Beth Moore, the school’s all-time leader in goals (119), established the record of 41 during the 2011 season.
Binghamton opens America East play Saturday, March 29 at No. 20 Albany. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at John Fallon Field.